Have a take on the CRC? Here's a platform
By Andy Giegerich
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
A rendering of an old Columbia River Crossing proposal hints at what Oregon and Washington transportation planners wanted before Washington lawmakers punted on a funding proposal. Oregon leaders want to see whether they can improve the current structure with a legislature-approved package that passed this year.
Over at the website of our parent Portland Business Journal, one story’s that gaining a lot of buzz relates to the Columbia River Crossing.
The issue has picked up media steam in the last couple of weeks. Many interests, both for against the proposed Interstate 5 bridge between Oregon and Washington, realized that Oregon officials meant it when they said in June they’d explore the possibility of Oregon taking on a revamped bridge design.
Gov. John Kitzhaber’s June 29 comments indeed referred to the “demise” of the bridge plan. But Kitzhaber also said he’d ask the Oregon Department of Transportation, which contributes staffing to the group developing CRC options, “to review all of the work on the Oregon side of the project to determine if any stand-alone investments could be made to improve safety and reduce congestion on a smaller scale.”
He added that such work “will be subject for further legislative review,” hinting that a special session could be forthcoming.
Many environmentalists opposed the project for a variety of reasons, primarily, that it promoted auto traffic. But business groups have maintained a new bridge is critical to the movement of commerce between Oregon and Canada.
The PBJ has a poll going on right now that’s generating many interesting takes on the issue. Visit that site to weigh in yourself as well as enjoy the many insightful comments from those taking firm stances on the CRC.
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